U.S. News Ranks Duquesne Among Top 25 Best Colleges for Veterans
In its inaugural rankings of the Best Colleges for Veterans to help veterans pursue a college education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Duquesne University No. 24 in the nation.
The new rankings-which only include numerically ranked schools in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges-provide data and information on schools that offer federal benefits, including tuition and housing assistance, to veterans and active service members.
All of the Best Colleges for Veterans scored well in terms of graduation rate, faculty resources, reputation and other markers of academic quality in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges. To qualify for the new rankings, the schools had to be certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium.
"While all prospective students seek a good education from a reputable institution, our military veterans can take advantage of expanded educational benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill," said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer for U.S. News. "We developed these rankings to help them find a top-quality institution that also offers federal benefits that ease the burden of applying, paying for and completing a college degree."
Military programs designed for veterans and active military personnel are offered through Duquesne's School of Leadership and Professional Advancement.
The University has consistently been named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media for the past five years.
For the U.S. News Veterans rankings, schools reported on their veteran benefits as part of the broader survey and data collection of undergraduate schools by U.S. News during spring 2013. In total, 234 schools were ranked from across all 10 U.S. News ranking categories: National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities (North, South, Midwest and West) and Regional Colleges (North, South, Midwest and West).
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.